Gardeners often lament that they feel intimidated about pronouncing the Latin names of plants. Keep in mind that pronunciation in any language is not always a hard-and-fast matter. If you can’t remember the preferred pronunciation of a plant name, just do your best—and say it with conviction!
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Amaranthus cruentus
(am-ah-RAN-thus kru-EN-tus)
Amaranthus tricolor
(am-ah-RAN-thus TRY-kul-or)
Amelanchier
(am-el-AN-keer)
Amelanchier alnifolia
(am-el-AN-keer all-nih-FOE-lee-ah)
Amelanchier canadensis
(am-el-AN-keer kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Amelanchier laevis
(am-el-AN-keer LAY-viss)
Amelanchier _ grandiflora
(am-el-AN-keer ex gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Ammi majus
(AM-mee MAY-jus)
Ammi visnaga
(AM-mee vis-NAY-gah)
Amorpha canescens
(ah-MOR-fah kan-ESS-senz)
Ampelaster carolinianus
(am-pel-ASS-ter kare-oh-lin-ee-AY-nus)
Amphicarpaea bracteata
(am-fih-kar-PAY-ah brak-tee-AY-tah)
Amsonia
(am-SO-nee-ah)
Amsonia hubrichtii
(am-SO-nee-ah hew-BRIK-tee-eye)
Amsonia montana
(am-SO-nee-ah mon-TAN-ah)
Amsonia tabernaemontana
(am-SO-nee-ah tab-er-nay-mon-TAN-ah)
Anagallis
(an-ah-GAL-iss)
Anagallis monellii
(an-ah-GAL-iss moe-NEL-ee-eye)
Anchusa capensis
(an-CHOO-sah kah-PEN-sis)
Andropogon
(an-dro-PO-gon)
Andropogon gerardii
(an-dro-PO-gon jer-AR-dee-eye)
Anemanthele lessoniana
(ah-nem-an-THEE-lee less-oh-nee-AY-nah)
Anemone
(ah-NEM-oh-nee)
Anemone blanda
(ah-NEM-oh-nee BLAN-dah)
Anemone canadensis
(ah-NEM-oh-nee kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Anemone coronaria
(ah-NEM-oh-nee kor-on-AR-ee-ah)
Anemone hupehensis
(ah-NEM-oh-nee hew-pee-HEN-sis)
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica
(ah-NEM-oh-nee hew-pee-HEN-sis variety jah-PON-ih-kah)
Anemone ranunculoides
(ah-NEM-oh-nee rah-nun-kew-LOY-deez)
Anemone sylvestris
(ah-NEM-oh-nee sil-VES-tris)
Anemone tomentosa
(ah-NEM-oh-nee toe-men-TOE-sah)
Anemone X hybrida
(ah-NEM-oh-nee ex HY-brid-ah)
Anemonella
(ah-nem-on-EL-lah)
Anemonella thalictroides
(ah-nem-on-EL-lah thah-lik-TROY-deez)
Anethum
(ah-NEE-thum)
Anethum graveolens
(ah-NEE-thum grav-ee-OH-lenz)